Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker space horses aren't horses, or in space

CNET | 11/19/2019 | Staff
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Saddle up. We need to talk about the space horses in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. First seen in the October trailer that aired during Monday Night Football (and on Carrie Fisher's birthday, no less), they galloped along again Tuesday when a new promo clip from the upcoming film was published on Twitter and Instagram.

And just what are they riding? They look like horses, they gallop like horses, but thanks to a Vanity Fair photo spread from May, we know they're "orbaks." Thanks to the Annie Leibovitz photo, and to video shared by The Star Wars Show on YouTube, we know a little bit about what the creatures look like.

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They've been dubbed "space horses" as a slangy way to identify them. But they're physically different from horses. Their body structure is that of a regular horse, and using Finn and Jannah's size for perspective, they seem to be maybe Clydesdale size. They're covered in long. shaggy, dog-in-winter-style fur. Their most non-horsey feature? The badass tusks that curl up from below their elongated foreheads and muzzles.

The tusks aren't enormously long, but they're sharp, and look like a useful weapon in close combat. They also seem to be where the riders wrap their reins for control. Though in the Leibovitz photo, Jannah is leaning back to fire her bow, one foot in a stirrup, one foot leaning against her arrow quiver. You get the impression she could ride that orbak through a flaming hoop and not even slow down.

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One fan suggested Disney start marketing these creatures, and fast. "Disney better start building stables in Galaxy's Edge cause I want to ride an orbak," one Twitter user wrote.

You ever see a woman charging into battle on an Orbak on top of a rising starship and fall madly in love?

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